Local residents helped add a new interest to the Malecon sculpture walk held this past Tuesday. Did you know the Subtle Stone-Eater sculpture with its black obsidian belly was originally all in pink? This story was shared by one of several locals who, along with many visitors, showed up for this first walk of the summer. Although the humidity was high and rain threatened, the refreshing breeze off the ocean along with the beginning nightlife set the mood for fun and adventure.
The Learn Vallarta guide presented background on each work including dedication dates, artists’ inspirations and anecdotal stories. Beginning with The Millennium sculpture at the north end of the Malecon, the walk proceeded south ending at the sculpture of Saint Pascual Bailon on the Plaza of Chefs.
Three other sculptural venues were delightfully observed along the way. Participants were fascinated by the beach artist who creates “works in progress” with carefully balanced beach rocks. Then there were the immobilized real life “sandman” and the ever-amazing larger-than-life sand sculptures.
In addition to visiting all thirteen Malecon sculptures, several other outdoor works were described and their locations explained for anyone wishing to continue this artistic adventure on their own. Some, such as the Shark in Spiral, were not as well-known as the huge Vallarta’s Whale at the entrance of the Marina.
These free walks will continue through the summer from 6:30-8:00 pm Tuesday evenings as a way for Learn Vallarta to introduce themselves to the greater community. Learn Vallarta delivers personal and helpful assistance to anyone interested in learning more about this charming tropical environment and its friendly people as a place to visit or live.